My name is Shayna Straus and I am a junior at Brandeis University studying Economics and Anthropology. I was born in Chicago into a French-American family and spent a lot of time in both countries. As a result, I speak both English and French fluently. This is my second semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. I was also an editor for the site over the summer. I am so excited to be writing the ACCESSORIES REPORT on Fridays.
Traveling is one of my passions, and it’s what I think initially sparked my interest in fashion. Although I can’t say that I dress according to a specific style, I tend to dress in dark colors during the colder months and in pastels (and the occasional neon) during the warmer ones. I like to throw interesting pieces into an otherwise simple look, whether that is with some color (but not too much!) or a bold print. I also love mixing expensive and cheap pieces together: it’s a great way to balance out a look and it always keeps people on their toes. Whether I decide to take a classic route or try to make a bolder statement, I always try to take a risk in what I put together—it just makes things more interesting.
I have always been completely addicted to fashion, but no matter how many magazines I skim through or blog posts I read, street fashion has always been my greatest influencer. After having spent so much time in Paris, studying in London for a semester and visiting New York countless times, it is different cultures’ individual takes on fashion that inspire me and broaden not only my understanding of the industry, but also my opinions on it and where I would like to see myself in the future.
I am a firm believer in fashion being an outlet through which people express themselves, making any statement all the more powerful. My goals as a writer this semester is to share with you the different fashion choices that are being made here on campus, and hopefully you’ll find yourselves inspired by some of them. I’m ready to keep an eye out and start talking fashion, so show me what you got!